Monday, January 5, 2015

Whole Family Whole30 Plan

I've spent thousands of dollars on personal trainers, nutrition plans and exercise DVDs and equipment. NONE of it has been a true help to me or my family. What is working is our transition to a Paleo/Clean Eating nutrition approach, skipping seconds, eating at home, and meal planning. This paired with staying active will be our saving grace for our health. All the money we're saving by not eating out goes towards eating healthier, fresh foods. If it comes in a box, it doesn't belong in your kitchen!
We're approaching having a household of 2 adults and 7 teens and children (0-13) in 2015. Meal planning is essential! This will streamline our shopping experience, limit food waste, be mindful of our food storage spaces, help us plan what to garden, and save money! Of course, peace of mind for me because with everyone but Dad home for every meal… knowing what to make is one less thing to think about during my day as a Mom.
Looking at us now, its obvious that we aren't in our healthy bodies. Some of us feel older than we are. Our cravings are taking over, and even in pregnancy that is not a good thing. A few years ago I found out that I am gluten sensitive. It answered so many questions for me and some of my children's mood swings, odd behavior, IBS, fatigue and skin conditions. Recently it's come to our attention that a few of us are truly unable to tolerate dairy (cows milk in particular). All these changes have helped us come to the conclusion that THE WHOLE FAMILY *NEEDS* a WHOLE 30 gut healing! After which we'll reintroduce a few items, but maintain a Whole9/Paleo nutrition plan.

Whole Family Whole30

Here is an exceptional list of links to help you get started preparing to do a Whole 30 or Auto-Immune Protocol with children:
Whole30.com
Whole9Life.com
Intentional by Grace: Whole 30 Challenge w Kids
Whole9Life: Raising Good Food Kids
Real Food Nutrition for Kids e-book

You can keep posted on our weekly progress on Facebook: Homegrown Catholics

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Today I've been going through my Pinterest finds for good meal ideas I know my family will enjoy. Nothing too weird beyond food we already enjoy, just made differently. As we make it through the month, I'll be sure to come back and add my notes to this post! Plans by the week will be separate posts, linked below. We do most of our shopping at Costco, and a few items we'll get at our local grocer. Keep in mind this is a winter menu. I can't wait until the spring and summer garden and farmers market is ready.

MEAL IDEAS
*Don't forget your vitamin supplements
*Don't forget to have a leftover meal/day

*BREAKFAST*
Apple and Almond Butter Sandwiches (pinterest)
Baked Cinnamon Apples & Almonds or Turkey Bacon (pinterest)
Butternut Squash Hash with Sausage (pinterest) (pinterest)
Celery and Almond Butter with raisins (pinterest)
Chia Fruit Pudding (pinterest) (pinterest)
Egg Frittatas or Muffins, with Apples & Almond Butter (pinterest) (pinterest)
Flower-Power Eggs and fruit (grapefruit, apples, or berries) (recipe)
Hard-baked eggs, fruit & grape tomatoes, chicken apple sausage (pinterest)
Scrambled eggs, avocado slices and fresh fruit (pinterest)
Scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and fruit (pinterest)

*LUNCH*
Bell Pepper Crust Deli Sandwiches (pinterest)
Blueberry Spinach Salad with Almonds (pinterest)
Chicken Gravy Bites, trail mix and cold veggies (pinterest)
Chicken Zucchini Poppers (pinterest)
Deli Roast Beef Veggie Wraps w/ Dijon and mixed berries (pinterest)
Grilled Chicken Drummies and Sweet Potato Fries (pinterest) (pinterest) (pinterest)
Gyro Salad with homemade Italian dressing (meat recipe) (dressing recipe)
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs (pinterest)
Paleo Bacon Burgers with Sweet Potatoes (pinterest) (pinterest)
Paleo Chicken Tenders (recipe, omit honey) with Julienne Veggie StirFry (pinterest or this Rainbow Slaw)
Paleo Orange Chicken with Broccoli and Bean Sprouts (pinterest)
Pineapple Turkey Bacon Bites (pinterest)
Strawberry Chicken Spinach Salad (Dressing recipe)
Tuna Salad
Turkey Meatloaf Balls (Pinterest) or GF Meatloaf Cupcakes (pinterest)
Turkey Wraps with fruit salad (Winter Fruit Salad)
Venison Bologna with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes
Zoodles or Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs (pinterest)

*SUPPER*
Beef Roast with Bacon Brussel Sprouts (pinterest)
Curry Chicken Stir Fry with Cauliflower-Rice (pinterest)
Grilled New York Strip and Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Lime Dressing (pinterest)
Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa (recipe)
Herb Grilled Chicken and Sautéed/Steamed Veggies
Lemon Pepper Fish (pinterest) with cooked spinach and mashed sweet potatoes
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes/cauliflower (Recipe)
Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sweet Potato Stuffing (pinterest)
Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef (pinterest) with Butternut Squash or Green Beans
Sage & Rosemary Beef with Sautéed Red Cabbage & Apples
Salmon Patties and Asparagus (pinterest)
Shredded Pork with Cooked Pumpkin Apples (pinterest)
Slow cooker Brats and Asparagus
Slow cooker Chicken Fajitas (served in lettuce) (pinterest)
Taco Lettuce Cups with Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice (pinterest)
Venison Stew and Cauliflower Bites (pinterest)

*HOMEMADE BABY FOODS*
-My main Pinterest finds
Blueberry & Banana Chia Pudding
Diced Strawberries, cucumbers and shredded turkey
Peach puree spiced with cloves, with sausage
Scrambled Eggs and Baked Cinnamon Apples (pinterest)
Sweet Potatoes mixed with Cranberry Sauce

*SNACKS-DESSERTS*
Almond Butter Banana Bites (pinterest)
Almond Joy Bars (pinterest)
Blueberry-Coconut-Lime Granitas (pinterest)
Deviled Avocado Eggs (pinterest)
Dried Apples with Meat Jerky (pinterest)
Frozen Grapes (pinterest)
Fresh Fruit
Fruit and Nut Trail Mix (pinterest)
Macadamia Nuts
Olives
Pan Fried Plantains (recipe)
Pop-iflower (Cauliflower Popcorn)
Salami Wrapped Pickles
Veggies & Guacamole Dip - Jicama, Carrots, Sweet Peppers, Celery…

*DRINKS*
Iced Water
Kefir Water (pinterest) or Kombucha
Hot Tea or Coffee, unsweetened (opt add almond/coconut milk)
Lemon Berry Water (pinterest)
Strawberry Cucumber Mint Water (pinterest)
Sangria Water - cucumber, strawberry, orange and lime slices
Almond or Coconut Milk - whole30 compliant

MEAL PLAN BY WEEK-DAY

SEE EACH WEEK HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by to look at our Meal Plan. I hope it has inspired you or made it easy to just print and cook. If you tried our plan, or parts of it - please comment below.
God Bless!

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